Zoomtopia 2022: New Innovations to Power Modern Work Experiences

  • Zoom Email and Calendar (beta) integrated into comprehensive Zoom communications platform
  • Zoom Spots will provide persistent, virtual co-working spaces to drive employee connection and collaboration
  • New innovations also include conversational AI features in Contact Center, additional benefits for developers, and more
  • Zoomtopia offered for the first time as hybrid experience powered by Zoom Events

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) kicked off Zoomtopia 2022, the company’s annual event to unveil new innovations to power modern work experiences and celebrate the future of communication and collaboration. For the first time ever, Zoomtopia 2022 is a hybrid experience powered by Zoom Events, Zoom’s all-in-one, virtual event management solution.

“As global organizations are adapting to how, when, and where work happens, it’s crucial that human connection remains a top priority to drive business strategies forward,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO at Zoom. “Zoom is purpose-built to make all kinds of connections possible, effective, and meaningful. Our team has built and launched more than 1,500 features and enhancements on the Zoom platform this year, advancing the way people connect with each other, their organization, and their customers—ultimately, opening the doors wide for creativity and collaboration.”

“There has never been more uncertainty surrounding the future of work than there is today. Work from anywhere, hybrid offices and other trends have created a complex set of questions that business and IT leaders need to address. Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain and that is collaboration tools will be critical in keeping workers connected,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research. “Zoom has rapidly evolved from being a niche meetings company to a broad collaboration platform that delivers unparalleled employee and customer experience, and helps organizations address the current and future needs of work.”

“Our team connects and collaborates on Zoom, allowing us to seamlessly work together no matter where we are located—so that we can continue delivering world-class content from our iconic brands like HBO, Warner Bros., CNN, and Food Network and beloved characters like Batman, Superman, Looney Tunes, and Harry Potter,” said Dave Duvall, CIO – Technology & Operations, Warner Bros. Discovery. “We’ve been able to evolve with Zoom, particularly beyond meetings, with products like Zoom Phone, Zoom Rooms, and Zoom Team Chat. The whole platform has really expanded our capabilities to collaborate and stay connected within the organization.”

Zoom Platform Innovations Announced at Zoomtopia
To further advance the next era of communications, Zoom unveiled several new offerings to empower businesses and individuals alike.

Some of the latest announcements include:

  • Zoom Mail and Calendar (beta): With the Zoom Mail and Calendar Clients, users no longer need to leave the Zoom platform to access their email and calendar. Popular email and calendar services will be integrated directly into Zoom, meaning users can quickly access their communications and scheduling, and get their work done more efficiently. For businesses who may not have dedicated IT services but are focused on privacy and security, Zoom also rolled out Zoom-hosted email and calendar service options, also directly integrated with the Zoom platform. Zoom Mail Service is end-to-end encrypted for emails sent directly between active Zoom Mail Service users. Zoom Mail and Calendar Clients and Zoom Mail and Calendar Services will launch in beta.
  • Zoom Spots: Welcome to Zoom’s virtual co-working space! Coming in early 2023, Zoom Spots is a video-enabled persistent space, integrated within the Zoom platform, to help foster inclusive discussions, keep colleagues connected, and bring the fluid interactions of in-person work to distributed, hybrid teams throughout their day.
  • Zoom Virtual Agent: Zoom Virtual Agent is an intelligent conversational AI and chatbot solution that uses natural language processing and machine learning to understand and quickly resolve issues for customers. Zoom Virtual Agent works around-the-clock on multiple support channels to deliver fast, personalized customer experiences, reduce call volumes to human agents, and drive significant operational efficiencies for businesses. Zoom Virtual Agent, available in early 2023, can be fully integrated with Zoom Contact Center and will also be offered as a standalone chatbot solution.
  • Continuous Collaboration across Zoom One: Connected workstreams across Zoom One, the all-in-one communication and collaboration offering that brings together Team Chat, Phone, Whiteboard, Meetings, and more, are enabling individuals and teams to do their best work. Among these new capabilities is the integration between Team Chat and In-Meeting Chat, creating an always-on functionality so users can flow between Team Chat and Meetings to reduce silos, keep projects moving, and continue the conversation after meetings.
  • Zoom IQ Virtual Coach: Coming soon as part of Zoom IQ for Sales, Zoom IQ Virtual Coach simulates a variety of selling situations to give sellers a practice environment to hone their pitch, obtain feedback, and receive real-time content tips during calls with prospects.

Learn more about these innovations and other new hybrid work features.

Build to Connect and Extend the Value of Zoom
Developers have the ability to use Zoom APIs, SDKs, and tools and resources to build apps and integrations with Zoom or use Zoom’s core technology to power innovative video-based solutions for any use case.

Developers can do more on Zoom with:

  • Zoom Developer Platform enhancements: It will soon be easier for developers to provision and manage apps that work with Zoom by enabling admin-authorized installed apps. This will allow Zoom account admins to pre-install apps for an organization at the account, group, or user level. Additionally, developers will soon be able to monetize their apps on the Zoom App Marketplace.
  • Extended availability with Zoom Apps: Zoom Apps, in-product apps seamlessly integrated into the Zoom Meeting and Webinar experience, is expanding across the platform to Team Chat, Zoom Rooms, and more, so developers can plug apps into all their workflows. Now, developers can build their integration once and extend it across the entire Zoom product line. Additionally, developers will benefit from increased distribution of their Zoom Apps with the upcoming release of Essential Apps. Essential Apps bundle Zoom Meetings paid plans and Zoom Apps with select app developers, servicing the needs of managing and growing a business, while helping to minimize manual drudgery.

Hear more about how developers can extend the power of Zoom with new updates to the Zoom Developer Platform and Zoom Apps at Developer Summit at Zoomtopia.

Tune In LIVE
Zoomtopia is a two-day hybrid experience hosted on the Zoom Events platform, featuring thought-provoking speakers, business leaders and celebrity appearances, and includes many opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn. Tune in live to catch all the exciting content.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. Zoom is a space where you can connect to others, share ideas, make plans, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

Zoom Public Relations
Candace Dean
Corporate PR Lead

GlobeNewswire Distribution ID 8692032

Energy and Water Development Corp. and KB Engineering Tapped for Sustainable Water and Energy Project in South Africa

HAMBURG, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / November 8, 2022 / Energy and Water Development Corp., (OTCQB:EAWD) (“EAWD”), an innovator in alternative energy and green tech, has signed a letter of intent with Trioflex Incubator (Pty) Ltd and KB Engineering GmbH to develop and implement renewable energy and water harvesting technology in South Africa.


Trioflex Incubator and KB Engineering were appointed through a competitive bidding process with the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality in South Africa’s Free State province as part of the Presidential District Development Model programs in infrastructure and agriculture, and renewable energy projects.

“Water scarcity and infrastructure limitations of the current power supply continue to hinder development in South Africa and many other areas in the world in need of developing effective, efficient and sustainable off-grid production of drinking water and extended solar energy storage. Implementation of renewable energy and water harvesting technology projects will help improve lives and support the economic growth initiatives of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality,” said Irma Velazquez, MSc, CEO of EAWD.

“There is a growing need for additional, reliable sources of power and water generation worldwide, and South Africa is no exception. Through the Trioflex Incubator, the partnership between EAWD and KB Engineering brings the proven technology and engineering experience to create sustainable production of water and energy while also developing skills and creating jobs within our community to further our goal of eradicating poverty,” said Thapelo Mokoena, CEO of Trioflex Incubator-Strategic Partner of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality.

Me. TPM Lebenya, the Municipal Manager of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, thanked Trioflex Incubator and KB Engineering for arranging such an important meeting, and applauded Mr. Mokoena for vision and perseverance, as these interactions will go a long way in improving the economy of the district and livelihood of its people.

The Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality encompasses the six local municipalities of Dihlabeng, Maluti-A-Phofung, Mantsopa, Nketoana, Phumelela and Setsoto. It is committed to creating integrated, self-reliant and sustainable communities by improving living conditions and developing a conducive environment for business opportunities and job creation. Key priorities include sustainable infrastructure, local economic development, job creation, tourism, agriculture and rural development, social development, sports, arts and culture, community participation and financial viability.

“The interest and support from the local government in South Africa to work with local communities in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality to develop sources of sustainable energy and water is encouraging,” said Norbert Kajüter, Managing Director, KB Engineering. “This cooperation and partnership will benefit communities going forward as we work with them on installation.”

EAWD and KB Engineering are working collaboratively to develop turnkey sustainable energy and water production plans worldwide, including other areas of southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, North America and Europe.

About Energy and Water Development Corp

Energy and Water Development Corp. is an engineering solutions company focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions of water and energy. EAWD builds water and energy systems out of already-existing, proven technologies, utilizing their technical know-how to customize solutions to their clients’ needs. The company offers design, construction, maintenance and specialty consulting services to private companies, government entities and non-government organizations (NGOs). For more information, please visit www.energy-water.com.

About KB Engineering

The company KB Engineering was founded in 2018 by Norbert Ferdinand Kajüter and Rolf Barlag in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The company founders do have a mechanical background, each with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. KB Engineering is a global company responsible for sales activities for well-known international customers. The main business area of KB Engineering is the design of building material plants and the development of new, innovative products. The product areas in the building materials sector are mainly aerated concrete, sand-lime bricks, ceramic bricks, concrete and refractory products and insulation boards. KB Engineering is recognized for its close cooperation with clients as well as by its neutrality, since there is no supplier relationship. The company’s core values are sustainability and trusting relationships with clients.

The mission of KB Engineering is to develop sustainable production facilities, with their own (regenerative) energy generation as far as possible. For more information, please visit www.kb-engineering.de.

About Trioflex Incubator

Trioflex Incubator is 100 % Black Owned and Managed, Trioflex is Accredited by QCTO as a Training Provider – ARTISAN DEVELOPMENT. Trioflex is also accredited by QCTO and Department of Higher Education and Training as TRADE TEST CENTRE. Trioflex is a Strategic Partner of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality appointed to train Artisans and be a source of funding for unfunded projects as per DDM ONE PLAN. Trioflex Incubator secured a partnership with KB Engineering. Trioflex is also a business Incubator – developing entrepreneurs to become successful. Trioflex also secured the partnership with Department of Higher Education and Training as the technical partner, and through its partnership with KB Engineering, secured relationship with EAWD.


This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding EAWD’s operations and expansion plans. When used in this press release, forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “target,” “could,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Items contemplating or making assumptions about actual or potential future production and sales, market size, collaborations, and trends or operating results also constitute such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors (many of which are beyond the Company’s control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward looking statements, including those found in EAWD’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, which is on file with the SEC and available from the Company’s website at https://energy-water.com/investors/.

EAWD has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and assumptions about future events. While management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond EAWD’s control. You are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at that time. Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty to update or revise our forward-looking statements based on new information, future events or otherwise.

Media contact: 
Maureen Richardson, River Communications
+ 914-686-5599

Investor Relations contact:
Bret Shapiro, CoreIR

SOURCE: Energy and Water Development Corp. (EAWD)

Just In Time For The Holidays Crurated Announces More Fractional Barrel Auctions Backed by NFT Technology With Winemakers Across France and Italy

For gift giving, collecting, or every day enjoyment new calendar features some of Europe’s finest producers and covers the remainder of 2022

Crurated Barrels November and December Calendar

Just In Time For The Holidays Crurated Announces More Fractional Barrel Auctions Backed by NFT Technology With Winemakers Across France and Italy. For gift giving, collecting, or every day enjoyment new calendar features some of Europe’s finest producers and covers the remainder of 2022

LONDON, Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  With the holiday and gift giving season right around the corner, Crurated, a blockchain and member-based wine community, has released a new barrel auction calendar for the remainder of 2022. The offering features some of the finest winemakers from France and Italy and extends the fractional barrel sales after a successful first round of auctions. The recently announced program allows Crurated members to purchase fractions of barrels that are certified through blockchain and NFT technology.

The offering also gives buyers the ability to customize bottle formats and labels for the gift recipient or themselves. Many of the producers on the platform rarely or never make larger format bottles even though collectors and buyers often ask for them. Fractional barrels now allow producers to determine the exact number and sizes of bottles that are needed. In many cases, the only way to have larger formats for the wines being auctioned is exclusively through Crurated.

The next round of fractional barrel auctions include:

  • Domaine Gerorges Mugneret-Gibourg — November 7-13
    • Vosne-Romanée “La Colombière” 2021
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes” Cuvée Augustin 2021
    • Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2021
  • Domaine Pierre Girardin — November 14-20
    • Échezeaux Grand Cru 2021
    • Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2021
    • Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2021
    • Richebourg Grand Cru 2021
  • Montevertine — November 21-27
    • Le Pergole Torte 2020
  • Domaine Y. Clerget — December 5-11
    • Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2021
    • Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil 2021
    • Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2021
  • Domaine Hubert Lignier — December 12-18
    • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Bio 2021
    • Morey Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes Bio 2021
    • Morey-Saint-Denis Trilogie Bio 2021
    • Bourgogne Pinot Noir Grand Chaliot 2021
  • Domaine Bruno Colin — December 19-25
    • Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2021

“When we launched barrel sales, we knew what we were offering our members was unique. Little did we know that barrels would sell out so quickly and in some cases within 24 hours,” said Alfonso de Gaetano, founder of Crurated. “Our team is pleased to be announcing a new slate of auctions with some of Europe’s most sought-after wines and just in time for the holidays.”

About Crurated
Launched in 2021 with an emphasis on France and Italy, Crurated is a membership-based wine community designed to connect connoisseurs directly with world-class producers. A team of specialists provides personalized services and authentic experiences, while Crurated’s seamless logistics service guarantees quality and provenance thanks to secure wine cellar storage and innovative blockchain technology. For more on Crurated, visit crurated.com.

Michael Volpatt
415 994 8864

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ee03a3c2-35fd-4334-9adb-d2f8c7c2a7e9

A video accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c848d052-fe03-4cdb-becd-c00e6a4cdb57

GlobeNewswire Distribution ID 8691599

Revered Ethiopian Artist Ali Birra Laid to Rest in His Home City Dire Dawa

Legendary Ethiopian Artist Ali Muhammed Musa aka Ali Birra, who passed away at the age of 75 on November 6, 2022, was laid to rest at the Leghare Muslim Cemetery today in his home city, Dire Dawa.

The late artist has been receiving medical treatment at Adama General Hospital for his illness.

Ali Birra was a musician, singer, composer, and poet, born in Dire Dawa from his father Muhammed Musa and his mother Fatuma Ali.

Ali, who began his musical career at the age of 13 at Afran Qallo band, produced his first album in 1971, delivered 267 songs during his six decades of musical career. He used sing in six languages and play many types of musical instruments.

The late artist, who spent over 60 years in music and celebrated his semi-centennial in the music industry in 2013, has received several awards from many international and domestic organizations, honorary doctorates from Dire Dawa and Jimma Universities and some entities including roads and schools, were named after him in various part of Ethiopia.

The iconic Affan Oromo artist has influenced speakers of other languages too and preached unity. In one of his Affan Oromo song called “WAA MALLI NU DHIBEE…” for instance said “Our mother (Ethiopia) is one, why are we tussling?” and preaches the need for national unity in the country.

Before his body was laid to rest at the Leghare Muslim Cemetery today, farewell events have been held in Addis Ababa and tributes paid for the late artist Ali Birra, including at Friendship Square as well as in Dire Dawa Stadium in the presence of senior government officials, colleagues, friends and relatives.

On the occasion, it was indicated that Ali Birra was a legendary artist who used his musical talent to build the nation and generation.

It was also pointed out that Ali Birra was a revered artist who worked for unity, peace and education since his youthful age.

In his message of condolences, Prime Minister Abiy  Ahmed said “the death of veteran singer Ali Birra is a loss for Ethiopia. Through his songs, he promoted unity, perseverance and culture. He has become a role model for many. Ethiopia thanks you for everything you have done.”


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

4th Ethio-Canada Trade, Investment Forum Underway in Toronto

The 4th Ethio-Canada Trade and Investment Forum is underway in Toronto, Canada.

State Minister of Trade and Regional Integration, Kasahun Gofe and Ethiopian Ambassador to the USA, Fisum Arega, are participating at the two day forum.

During the occasion, Ambassador Fisum said the objectives of the forum is to provide information to Canadian investors about the opportunities created due to the reform underway in Ethiopia  including the country’s Homegrown Economic Reform and the investment potentials.

The ambassador called on the Canadian investors to engage in mining, agriculture, tourism, technological developments and manufacturing sectors in Ethiopia.

State Minister of Trade and Regional Integration, Kasahun Gofe expressed happiness for the opportunity created to promote Ethiopia’s investment opportunities and to discuss ways on how to strengthen the trade relations between Ethiopia and Canada.

The State minister further pointed out that such forum has a great deal of contribution to expand Ethiopia’s foreign trade destinations.

The participants have been exchanging views on ways to strengthening the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Canada particularly in the areas of Trade and Investment.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopia Education Cluster Quarterly Newsletter #3 | Sept 2022

Ministry of Education (MoE) said enrollment rate fell by 45 % against the target set for the new academic year 2022/2023 which has commenced in September 20221. This indicates the negative impacts on learning because of the conflicts, drought and flood. Based on the education cluster data, a total of 2,977,752 (G- 48%) children are Out- Of -School (OOSC). In addition, 1.3 M children are affected due to same reasons; yet continuing their education; There is a high risk of adding this 1.3 M with the OOSC if we fail to provide appropriate support/ interventions on time. Education is a right of every child, and this is the best investment we can make to save children lives and end the cycles of poverty, hunger, inequality, violence, instability, and peacebuilding. Beyond learning, education supports the overarching humanitarian goal of saving lives and protecting the most vulnerable and can contribute to peace and security through possibilities for more stable and sustainable futures, both individually and across communities.

Flood is also impacting the learning in Gambella,
Amhara, Afar, SNNP (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’), SWEP (South West Ethiopia People),
Sidama and Oromia regions. 70,000 children in Gambella are not in school due to flood effect and almost 125 schools (27% of the schools in Gambella) did not open for new academic year due to flood effect.


Source: UN Children’s Fund

Tigray Democratic Party Expresses Readiness for Implementation of Pretoria Peace Agreement

The Tigray Democratic Party (TDP) has expressed readiness to play its role in the implementation of the recently signed peace agreement between the Government of Ethiopia and TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa.

In its statement, TDP stated that the agreement is pivotal in ensuring lasting peace in Ethiopia and strengthening unity among Ethiopians.

Tigray Democratic Party Chairperson, Aregawi Berhe said that peace at this moment is critical for the development of Ethiopia.

The peace dividend for all Ethiopians is significant, he noted, assuring that his party will contribute its part for the successful implementation of the agreement.

Aregawi stated that the agreement will create conducive political environment to TDP and other non-violent political parties as well.

TDP Public Relations Head, Muluberhan Haile said on his part that the peace agreement showcased that Africans can solve their problems by themselves.

He also said that the peace agreement has given Ethiopians relief.

Members of the central committee of TDP emphasized that the agreement will serve as exemplary to peacefully resolve differences.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency